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Medical News & Perspectives
September 27, 2000

Antitobacco Forces Seek First International Treaty

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JAMA. 2000;284(12):1502-1503. doi:10.1001/jama.284.12.1502-JMN0927-2-1

Chicago—For the 11th time since 1967, antismoking warriors gathered to gain fresh inspiration, hear the latest scientific research, and map strategies as they continue the fight against "big tobacco."

About 4500 people from 140 countries met here last month for the World Conference on Tobacco or Health. In her opening remarks, Gro Harlem Brundtland, MD, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), called on the attendees to "break the silence" just as delegates at the July International AIDS Conference in South Africa were exhorted to do.